Sunday, March 3, 2019

Scout Trooper Test Model

Imperial Scout Troopers really captured my imagination as a child growing up on the heels of Return of the Jedi (my parents tell me I saw it in the theatre, technically). What Star Wars toys and merchandise that was available to me was mostly from Jedi. In fact some of my very first miniatures was a set of these troops from the old West End Star Wars range, purchased from the Star Tours giftshop.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Snowspeeder Part V: Weathering and Final Assembly

So I finally took photos of the progress on the Snowspeeder. At last I got to work on the fun part. There's a lot of joy in streaking grease-colored paint across your until-now clean grey model; this is the phase when your creation takes on a life and tells a story.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Not so Snowy Snowtroopers

I have always been a bit conflicted about the Imperial Snowtroopers. I really like their uniforms, and I always welcome more imperial troops, but struggle with including them in non-Hoth forces (a problem that calls back to my childhood action figures). Their very theatre-specific uniforms look amazing; they just don't seem right when they're out of this context. Christmas (and more specifically my family) was very good to my hobby this season, and now I'm the proud owner of a squad of these troops.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Snowspeeder Part IV: Small markings

The Snowspeeder filming models in Empire Strikes Back are covered in very small markings. Just like on actual aircraft there are plenty of warning labels and instructions.

Monday, December 31, 2018

3D Printed E100 part III

When I finally got the surface prepped to the point in the graph where satisfaction and impatience for the fun part intersect, I moved on to prime and paint my 3D Printed E100.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

3D Printed E100 part II

Having discovered that Milliput is not the right tool for leveling fillament lines on 3D printed models, I moved on to Tamiya putty. This gap filler comes premixed in a metal tube. Its smell agrees with the vapor warnings on the packaging, so I used it outdoors. It has a much more fluid consistency, with enough viscosity to fill in small gaps.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Snowspeeder Part III: Cockpit Window Details

When I last left off I had just figured out that I should have painted the windows first, then masked over them to begin airbrushing the rest of the model. This last weekend I finally bit the bullet and pulled out my best paintbrush to do the cockpit windows on my Star Wars Legion Snowspeeder.
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